02-22-2020 Santa Anita Full Card

A great Saturday card awaits us today with some nice value plays for us to dig into. 

Pick 5 single is in race 1 Kadesh who ran second losing by a head at the wire. Top last race speed they drop the horse today for the money run. Clearly the top horse in the race. In race 5 Jolie Olympica is another possible single. The undefeated Brazilian horse moves back to a mile after dominating last out going shorter despite bobbling at the start. I do like an outsider a lot in race 5 though….

Pick 4 single is race – none

L.A. Times Value Play of the Day

Race 4: Kiss Today Goodbye makes the 3rd start off the layoff for trainer Eric Kruljac with red hot jockey Umberto Rispoli riding. Last out February 1st Rispoli rode for the first time and made a little too late closing move for 3rd place, 3 lengths back.  This jockey is winning 33% for the trainer and in the money 78%. We have a sharp work last week and the horse races protected today. 10-1 is a great value for us. This time around look for Kiss to be much closer when launching that late drive to win. This is not just a value play for a big price for me in this race. This horse is the top choice in my eyes.

Value Plays for Today:

Race 5: Muchly ships in from the UK for trainer Callaghan who is 25% on this move and 26% 1st start. Rispoli rides today and the 15-1 morning line looks great in a race where the top choices will get overbet. Last out on all-weather she was nowhere but prior she raced at Ascot running third by less than 2 lengths. 1st time Lasix and sharp works and a great price with Rispoli owning the turf course. 17 of his 19 wins at the meet are on the grass.

Race 9: Eastern Ocean ships in from racing back East and gets Lasix for the 1st time for trainer Glatt. Rispoli rides and we are getting 12-1. Jockey play at a great price on turf.

Today’s Race 1 Early Pick 5 will cost $36 with horses listed in preference

Race 1: 2 (8,4)*

Race 2: 4,5,7

Race 3: 4,3,5

Race 4: 5,4,6,1

Race 5: 1,3 (2,5)*

Today’s Race 6 Late Pick 4 will cost $36 with horses listed in preference

Race 6: 4,2,7

Race 7: 1,2

Race 8: 7,6,11

Race 9: 7,3,8,5

Selections for each race with horses listed in preference

Race 1: 2 (8,4)*

Race 2: 4,5,7

Race 3: 4,3,5

Race 4: 5,4,6,1

Race 5: 1,3 (2,5)*

Race 6: 4,2,7

Race 7: 1,2

Race 8: 7,6,11

Race 9: 7,3,8,5

Typos happen and I do my best not to make them. Always read through my writeups to make sure the posted numbers are correct. I list Pick 4, Pick 5 selections and also a listing of all plays for each race. If there are any differences, please let me know.

*Horses listed in brackets are for added coverage if wanted and for exotics.

For races where I only have one or two selections I usually like to KEY the top choice  with the second choice and an outside for trifectas.

When I have three horses selected in a Pick 4 or Pick 5 consider them for Trifecta boxes and for superfecta boxes use the 3 selections with the highest priced horse with good form or top tier jockeys riding, especially if they give a price. Rolling Pick 3 and doubles using selections. 

Irish horse racing saying –

“Bíonn grásta Dé idir an dialait agus an talamh.”

“The grace of God is found between the saddle and the ground.”

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